As a little boy, I was always told that I could be whatever I set my mind too. At the time I really wanted to be a Power Ranger. As soon as I found out that power rangers weren’t real I decided I wanted to become a radiologist (despite barely knowing what that was) because I thought X-Rays were cool.
I didn’t have a learning disability or anything but for some reason I was was never really into school. For instance, while my fellow students were learning how to add and subtract, I daydreamed and wondered what was going to be served for lunch.
As a result of my lack of study skills, I did very poorly throughout elementary school. It got to the point where teachers were considering whether I should be held back an additional year so that I could stop playing catch up with my learning.Though I was never held back, school was very difficult for me.
Luckily my parents continued to provide emotional support—during that time I felt as though I was completely incapable of doing the same work my peers were easily completing.
These same study habits continued with me throughout high school when classes became more strenuous. I was never able to find a good core group of friends, so I often spent hours alone teaching myself how to study and trying to understand the material for the next exam. My attempts usually didn’t amount to much.
As time went by, I realized that being a radiologist was not really going to become a reality for me. I began looking for other options as to what I should do with my life, focusing on what I had a passion for in the belief that it would lead me to a career I enjoyed.
Over time, I realized that I wanted to be self-employed because I have always enjoyed working on my own and trying to create something that can benefit society at large. I began reading voraciously about companies and CEO’s , trying to absorb as much information as possible so I could be prepared when I started my own company.
After reading quite a few influential books like 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and How to Win and Influence People, I have come to realize that you are the only thing in the way between you and your dreams/ambitions. It all starts with you.
You will face challenges with whatever you decide to do (I have tried to start multiple companies, ranging from sports camps to website development—most have failed), but never let failure deter you from reaching your dreams. Personally, if I want something bad enough, I ignore all negative variables that would be counterproductive to my own goals.
Everyone fails initially. Learn from what went wrong, adapt, and continue to keep trying because the more you try the higher chance you have of succeeding. I am a freshman at the University of Denver majoring in international business, but I also create apps and websites to satisfy my entrepreneurial hunger—ranging from precise weather apps to simple websites for games.
I went through a lot of twists and turns to get to where I am now and there will be more obstacles in my life, but I will endure all hardships to reach my dreams—no one can stop me. Have a dream, set your mind to it, and watch what happens.